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infer
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to figure out or guess by reasoning
  • "No more, Queequeg," said I, shuddering; "that will do;" for I knew the inferences without his further hinting them.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (82% in)
  • Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (11% in)
  • What under the heavens he did it for, I cannot tell, but his next movement was to crush himself—boots in hand, and hat on—under the bed; when, from sundry violent gaspings and strainings, I inferred he was hard at work booting himself; though by no law of propriety that I ever heard of, is any man required to be private when putting on his boots.
    Chapters 4-6 -- The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (36% in)
  • I was a little alarmed by his energy, perhaps also a little touched at the hearty grief in his concluding exclamation, but said as calmly as I could, "What you say is no doubt true enough, sir; but how could I know there was any peculiar ferocity in that particular whale, though indeed I might have inferred as much from the simple fact of the accident."
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (19% in)
  • Yet, this wild hint seemed inferentially negatived, by what a grey Manxman insinuated, an old sepulchral man, who, having never before sailed out of Nantucket, had never ere this laid eye upon wild Ahab.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (26% in)
  • Now, if to this consideration you superadd the official supremacy of a ship-master, then, by inference, you will derive the cause of that peculiarity of sea-life just mentioned.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (8% in)
  • Hence, by inference, it has been believed by some whalemen, that the Nor' West Passage, so long a problem to man, was never a problem to the whale.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (36% in)
  • Though Jeremy Bentham's skeleton, which hangs for candelabra in the library of one of his executors, correctly conveys the idea of a burly-browed utilitarian old gentleman, with all Jeremy's other leading personal characteristics; yet nothing of this kind could be inferred from any leviathan's articulated bones.
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (39% in)
  • For though other species of whales find their food above water, and may be seen by man in the act of feeding, the spermaceti whale obtains his whole food in unknown zones below the surface; and only by inference is it that any one can tell of what, precisely, that food consists.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (52% in)
  • I know not that any other author has hinted of the matter; but by inference it seems to me that the sturgeon must be divided in the same way as the whale, the King receiving the highly dense and elastic head peculiar to that fish, which, symbolically regarded, may possibly be humorously grounded upon some presumed congeniality.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (98% in)
  • For, not to hint of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis...
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (9% in)
  • Inferable from these statements, are many collateral subtile matters touching the chase of whales.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (36% in)

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